As an international student, you have many possibile paths after graduation from BU but you may have questions or concerns on how to get there.
Frequently Asked Questions
I want an internship or job in the United States. What should I do?
Start with understanding U.S. work authorization rules, your eligibility, and the process through the International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO).
Use our Career Development Cycle to build a plan of action, from identifying interests and setting goals to applying to positions. Explore available resources to identify employers and roles of interest.
Use available tools and platforms to polish your resume (VMock), practice interviewing (Big Interview), and apply (Handshake).
Can the CCD help me with visa questions or issues?
No, for questions about your visa and/or work authorization (CPT, OPT) contact the International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO).
Finding Your Path
Start with Skill Building
Building the skills that will help you navigate applications, networking, and interviews can start with some preliminary preparation.
Set Career Goals
Not sure how to choose? Use the self-discovery step in our Career Development Cycle to begin identifying your interests.
Practice Talking about Your Strengths
If you have a hard time talking about yourself and your strengths, you are not alone. This is an important skill for both networking and interviewing. There’s no single way to practice this, but here are a few steps that can help.
- Develop an elevator pitch (or professional introduction) for use in networking conversations and interviews
- Practice answering related interview questions with Big Interview
- Make a list of your skills, experience, and other strengths. For ideas, explore the skills needed for different careers with What Can I Do With This Major?
Build English Fluency
If not fluent in English, work on your language and writing skills. BU has a number of resources to help with these, including the COM Writing Center, the Educational Resource Center’s Writing Assistance and English Language Conversation Group.
Build Career Skills
From resumes/CVs and cover letters to interviewing and evaluating offers, there are numerous career skills that you can learn long before you need them. Explore our guides.
Gain Additional Experience
Experience is important, but it includes so much more than internships and jobs. Most employers consider a more holistic view of your qualifications, taking into account your skills, knowledge, and career readiness, as well as your experience.
Explore the options available through the Community Service Center.
Experiential Programs and Opportunities
Browse the extensive list of options at BU, including CCD Funded Internships.
With more than 400 student groups to choose from, there’s something for everyone.
In addition to expanding your global experience, many BU study abroad programs incorporate internships or other hands-on experience.
Explore the options available for working on campus, starting with the Student Employment Office.
Talk to your professors about any possible opportunities; undergraduates can also explore the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Office (UROP).
Explore the options supported by BU’s Office of Fellowships and Scholarships, including programs for before and after graduation.
Plan for Post-Graduation Paths
Work in the United States
Finding post-graduation employment in the United States requires advance planning, including working with ISSO to obtain CPT or OPT work authorization.
Once you begin job searching, use GoinGlobal and Firsthand to explore employers who have previously sponsored employees with H1B visas. Browse our list of external resources for some additional suggestions on finding opportunities.
If you are thinking about another degree program, explore our guide to additional education, including information about the application process as well as important considerations.